Artists from Zimbabwe
on March 16th 1980, Farai Darare was brought up in Murewa, Zimbabwe.
Farai started carving when he was seven years old and was inspired
to become an artist by his very famous father, Casper Darare.
father wanted his son to go to college and university but Farai
said once sculpting is in you, you can never get it out.
Farai had finished school in 1996 he started to sell his pieces
full time. He took pieces to South Africa to sell and eventually
stayed and worked with his father there for four years until his
father tragically passed away. At first he started out with creative
abstracts but soon he was making stone head sor busts especially
in African Stone (Wonder Stone). "I think and feel that I
have my fathers touch. My strength lies in my amazing ability
to create the exact work my father used to carve. After his father's
death, Farai returned to Zimbabwe.
Women are the source of Farai's inspiration. He loves to sculpt
them, to make them even more beautiful than they are. He feels
that women are not respected or appreciated enough and he wants
to let the world know how important they are. "They are our
mothers, sisters or daughters; they look after us and care so
much about us. They are soft and warm and loving."
on July 11, 1973, Fungai Gwena grew up in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Although
he excelled in arts and crafts, his family offered no encouragement
so he became a waiter at the Meikles hotel. Guests at the hotel
would often buy art and sculptures which made Fungai wish even
more that he had pursued his dream.
1999 he met Farai Darare; he admired his art and decided to give
sculptures a try. Farai taught Fungai to sculpt stone carvings;
he felt that Fungai had the potential and talent to become a great
artist. He bought Fungai stones and worked with him and is so
proud as Fungai has become an excellent artist. He is widely talented
in the art of sculptures and although his favorite subject is
abstract art, he creates a wide variety of sculptures. His most
commonly used stone is serpentine.
Muzamba was born in the Binga district of Zimbabwe. His first
introduction of art came during his primary education at Kariangwe
mission school. He was very interested in art and was carving
different sculptures of wood and clay. A major artist who used
to supply Matombo Gallery where he works inspired Champion's interest
in stone carving. He started working for Matombo Gallery in 1990
as a general worker packing and crating boxes. He then started
his carving in 1992. He learned techniques of carving stone, and
became familiar with carving tools. In recent years Champion has
shown increasing evidence that he has a creative vision of an
artist and his more recent sculptures indicate the talent of a
young artist who is increasingly confident of his own creative
ability and his technical mastery of his chosen medium. He supplies
his work to Shona Gallery in the USA and other different individual
buyers locally and internationally. Champion's art is pure Shona
art and he mostly sculpts human and animal forms referring to
Shona society; culture and beliefs are also a common source of
Chikumbirike was born on March 26, 1981 in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe.
At an early age Perkins grew up with the love of art in mind
as he comes from a family of prominent artists of Zimbabwe.
As he grew up he observed and with strong advice from his father
he was now a young artist with interesting promises and ideas.
Perkins works in a mixed media and has a strong knowledge of
stone colours. He works with different stone types such as verdite,
springstone, opalstone, cobalt and a wide range of serpentine.
His sculptures bear wonderful and extraordinary shapes. Perkin's
creations portray inspirational, social and historical messages.
Along the way most of his works have spread to the continents
of North America, Australia and Europe. In his spare time he
socializes with his friends and is willing to reach more friends
all over the world as far as art is concerned.
Chikumbirike was born on October 3, 1978 in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe.
While growing up Pride always wanted to be in the workshop with
his father Aaron Chikumbirike. His love of art started growing
and his first works were done at the age of nine. Most of Pride's
works are mixed media, a mixture of different types of stones.
His works have spread to the United States, Australia and in almost
all European countries.